Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 7/31/12
If you're to believe Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, the Royals may have just acquired the next "King" Felix Hernandez in their Tuesday trade of closer Jonathan Broxton to Cincinnati for minor-league pitchers J.C. Sulbaran and Donnie Joseph. You'll have to excuse Hosmer for a little bit of a bias: He was a teammate of Sulbaran's at American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., in 2008, where they won a state title together in 2008. "Now that I've seen King Felix in person," Hosmer said, "and seen his stuff, it reminds me of what (Sulbaran) had when we were teammates. Now, that was a while ago. But I'm sure he's gotten better, too. "I think it's a great pickup for us. If nothing else, (Sulbaran) is the type of guy (general manager) Dayton Moore would draft. He's got such great potential." Royals fans may have been hoping for a bit more than two minor-leaguers, and perhaps Moore was, too, in exchange for Broxton. After all, Moore had stated in prior weeks that he was aiming for major-league ready players in any trade deadline deal. But the market softened apparently for Broxton, who posted nice numbers for the Royals (23 saves, 2.27 ERA) but truthfully, perhaps walked the tight-rope too many times to get opposing scouts excited. And there's nothing wrong right now with Moore stocking the Royals' minor leagues with two more prospects, considering how depleted that system has become because of injuries and poor performances. "Those two guys immediately become two of their better pitching prospects," one national scout said after the deal. Moore held out to the end to get the most for Broxton: the deal was made just minutes before the 3 p.m. trade deadline. Broxton, who had been signed in the off-season to a one-year deal, was not surprised by the trade. "I had a feeling I'd go somewhere," he said as he cleared out his clubhouse stall. "I had been hearing Texas quite a bit the last few days but I'm happy to be going to Cincy. Hopefully I can help out there and help them win the division. "I really want to thank the city and the Royals," Broxton said. "Everyone here was just great to me. They gave me an opportunity to prove myself again and I am grateful for that. I'm sorry we couldn't have won more games this year but there's a lot of talent around here and they're not far away. Believe me." With Broxton gone, manager Ned Yost said he will turn the closer's role over to right-hander Greg Holland. "It was a pretty obvious choice to me," Yost said. "Greg's stuff has come back around." Sulbaran, 22, likely will be assigned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He is 6 feet 2 and 225 pounds and was one of the Reds' top 10 overall prospects. Sulbaran was 7-7 with a 4.04 ERA in Double-A in the Reds' system, but his star was rising according to scouts. His curveball was rated as perhaps the best in the Reds' system. "He was dominating when I knew him," Hosmer said. "He had three pitches that were all great." Sulbaran also has been described as a strikeoutfly ball pitcher he averaged more than a strikeout per inning in four minor-league seasons, and the Royals believe he could end up being a great fit for spacious Kauffman Stadium. The Royals also are high on Joseph, a left-hander who could be promoted to the big-league roster this season. Joseph, 24, is a 6-foot-3 lefty has had a dominating season that started in Double-A where he posted a 0.89 ERA with 13 saves in 26 outings. At Triple-A Louisville, Joseph was 4-1 with five saves and a 2.86 ERA. "A big guy that throws in the low 90s but has a great slider," said a Royals scout. "He's going to be a factor for us."
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The Weirdest Trade In Baseball History
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Antonio Brown apologizes for airing locker room video

Oregon WR defends coaches, blames 'out of shape' teammates

Report: 49ers plan to offer Kyle Shanahan head coaching job

Report: Timberwolves shopping Ricky Rubio in trade talks

Blue Jays, Jose Bautista reportedly agree to one-year deal with mutual option

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lynn swears after saying ‘San Diego Chargers’ during presser

Bo Jackson gets worried watching Cam Newton take hits

Report: Steelers WR Martavis Bryant applied for reinstatement

Is the NBA considering pulling the plug on sleeved jerseys?

Ezekiel Elliott named Rookie of the Year by PFWA

Rory McIlroy takes shots at ex-girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

Melo out: How the Knicks can move on from their superstar

Box Score 1/17: LeBron goes boom

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 1

The week in NFL news as explained by Heart

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The Mulligan: Why Chip Kelly deserves a second chance after the Niners

College coaches on the NFL's radar as the coaching carousel starts spinning

Five NBA teams that should not be counted out yet

Six hottest up-and-coming NFL teams for 2017

Best of Yardbarker: How to hop on NFL playoff bandwagons

Everything sports fans need to know about the Nintendo Switch

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA hotline bling: Derrick Rose gets disconnected

Melo out: How the Knicks can move on from their superstar

QUIZ: Name the quarterbacks drafted in the 2003 NFL draft ahead of Tony Romo

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 1

The week in NFL news as explained by Heart

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

QUIZ: Name every Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Pro-Bowler in the Super Bowl Era

Best of Yardbarker: How to hop on NFL playoff bandwagons

Everything sports fans need to know about the Nintendo Switch

The sports classic horror villains would play

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker